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Lake Minnetonka Real Estate and Homes for sale


The many small cities and towns that have sprung up around the shores of Lake Minnetonka have come together to create a truly lively and vibrant area. The communities are alive with festivals and events to fill up the calendar and there are a great number of restaurants, cafes and unique boutiques.

Of course, the lake itself is alive and prime for a wide variety of recreation. The unique irregular shape of Lake Minnetonka has created a vast number bays and peninsulas just begging to be explored. The fresh blue waters are ideal for the aspiring angler, teaming with a wide variety of fish including bass, northern pike, carp and black bullheads. Lake Minnetonka homes for sale offer the opportunity for homeowners to become a part of a bustling resort community, with a little piece of vacation waiting at home each night.

Lake Minnetonka homes are located just 8 miles from the downtown area of Minneapolis. This proximity to the larger city has made Lake Minnetonka an important resort and vacation area for residents of the city. This close proximity has long made the communities that line the lakeshore attractive and sought after suburban, bedroom neighborhoods to the larger metropolitan city. This long history is apparent from the historic downtown areas of many of the cities that line the lake and also in the vintage steamboat that still shuttles residents and visitors alike to the many corners of the lake. Even the lake’s name hints to its long history in the area, coming from minn-ni-tank meaning “big water” in the Dakota language. To view available homes for sale in Lake Minnetonka, click here.


Located just minutes from the cool refreshing waters, Lake Minnetonka real estate lines the banks of the expansive lake, equaling a staggering 125 miles of shoreline. Many of the homes that line the prestigious lake are luxury homes that more often than not prominently feature private docks that stretch toward the lake’s center. The beauty of the lake has attracted visitors and settlers for more than a hundred years resulting in a wealth of communities that have sprung up around the lake’s circumference.

Properties situated on the lake sell for anywhere from $500,000 to over $20 million. The wide range in value depends largely on the quality of the lakeshore and the home, although many homes are from the early 20th century. The history of the home and property can be an intriguing aspect for those looking to own a piece of Minnesota’s past. Most of these homes have between 40 to 60 feet of shoreline. Property values continue to rapidly increase as demand soars.

It’s the gem of Minnesota’s metro and one of the most sought-after lake areas in the upper Midwest. Yet despite its fame, Lake Minnetonka is still a surprising oasis in the midst of hectic urban life. The lake, a beautiful maze of interconnected bays and waterways dotted with islands, sits only 15 miles from the Twin Cities. It’s known for unmatched natural beauty, small-town ambiance, historic homes, and its ability to transport city-weary dwellers into a magical world of boating, swimming, fishing and relaxing sunsets within a matter of minutes. Lake Minnetonka is also known as a playground for some of Minnesota’s most affluent families. The history, the natural beauty, and the ease of escape from urban life, make it an enchanting place to be.


Minnetonka is a decidedly white-collar city, with over 89% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, which is well above the national average. This is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. Many residents include young professionals, retirees, and families. To read more about the community, click here.


Ranked the 10th largest lake in Minnesota, Lake Minnetonka spans 14,004 acres and nestles along 125 miles of shoreline. It lies just west/southwest of the Twin Cities. The lake has a maximum depth of 113′ and a 10.9′ water clarity level.

Specializing in luxury properties and condominiums, John T. Wanninger is a professional in Minnetonka real estate and Minneapolis real estate. John Wanninger leads the JTW Partners group at Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty Edina.

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